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Water Management Act 2000 No 92
Current version for 1 November 2019 to date (accessed 29 February 2020 at 12:44)
Part 2 Management committees
11 Constitution of water management areas
(1) The Minister may, by order published in the Gazette, constitute any land as a water management area.(2) An order under this section must name the area and fix its boundaries.
12 Establishment of management committees
(1) The Minister may, by order published in the Gazette—(a) establish a management committee to carry out a specific task in relation to water management in a water management area, and(b) set terms of reference in accordance with which the committee is to carry out that task.(2) The task for which a management committee is appointed may relate to any aspect of water management, including (without limitation) water sharing, water source protection, floodplain management and drainage management.(3) At any time the Minister may, by order published in the Gazette, abolish a management committee, and may do so whether or not it has completed the task for which it was established.(4) Nothing in this section prevents the establishment of two or more committees for the same water management area so long as they do not have overlapping functions.
13 Membership of committee
(1) A management committee consists of at least 12, but not more than 20, members appointed by the Minister, of whom—(a) at least two are to be persons appointed to represent the interests of environmental protection groups, and(b) at least two are to be persons appointed to represent the interests of water user groups, and(c) at least two are to be persons appointed to represent the interests of local councils, and(d) at least one is to be a person nominated by Local Land Services, and(e) at least two are to be Aboriginal persons appointed to represent the interests of Aboriginal persons, and(f) at least one is to be a member of staff of the Department, and(g) at least one is to be a person nominated by the Minister for the Environment, and(h) such other persons as are appointed to represent such interests as the Minister considers require representation, and(i) one is to be a person (not being a member of staff of the Department) who is appointed as an independent chairperson for the committee.(2) The regulations may make provision with respect to qualifications for appointment as a member of a management committee.(3) The members appointed as referred to in subsection (1) (a)–(e) should, as far as practicable, be persons who reside within the water management area for which the management committee is being constituted.(4) Schedule 6 has effect with respect to the constitution and procedure of a management committee.
14 Functions of management committees
(1) The principal function of a management committee is to carry out the task for which it is appointed.(2) The task for which a committee is appointed may include any one or more of the following—(a) to prepare a draft management plan for the whole or any part of the management area or of the water sources in the area,(b) to review a management plan that is in force in the water management area,(c) to investigate such matters affecting the management of the water management area as the Minister refers to it for investigation,(d) to report to the Minister on such matters affecting the management of the water management area as the Minister refers to it for report,(e) to advise the Minister on such matters affecting the management of the water management area as the Minister refers to it for advice.(3) It is the duty of a management committee to exercise its functions consistently with the principles of ecologically sustainable development.